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Bruton senior soccer player Michael Wilson has known he wanted to attend Christopher Newport University since the eighth grade.
In August, Wilson became one step closer to attending his first choice school after verbally committing to CNU.
With CNU being close to home, just more than a 30-minute drive from Bruton High School, Wilson was familiar with the campus and soccer program growing up.
Wilson estimated he has visited the CNU campus more than 10 times on his own, not including team visits and soccer camps.
CNU began to look at Wilson as a prospective player in 2014 as he played on his Virginia Legacy Club team. Wilson stood out during a mini-camp at CNU that year, and the coaches began consistently reaching out to the Bruton standout.
In August, Wilson received a call from CNU coaches and was informed he was offered a spot on the team. He promptly accepted and has since spent time becoming more familiar with the school.
Wilson, who wants to major in graphic design, took an unofficial visit to the school early in September and had the opportunity to tour the university’s academic and athletic offerings. He also spent the night with his former teammate and CNU freshman soccer player Andrew Maeso.
Having a close friend and former teammate on the CNU roster was a bonus for Wilson, who has also played against other players on the roster.
“I got to meet almost all of the players and they seemed friendly,” Wilson said. “It was a good experience.”
For Wilson, his unofficial visit reaffirmed his strong feelings for CNU and his desire to attend the school. The versatile soccer player, who expects to play midfield at CNU, said having his recruitment finalized is a big relief.
“It’s really a lot of stress of my shoulders,” he said. “All I have to focus on is school and club soccer now.”